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Exercise Boosts Brain Power

December 4th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
The proof’s out – physical activity makes for smarter kids. Here’s why you need to get your kids moving while they’re young.
Exercise Boosts Brain Power

As a new parent it can be easy to lose sight of what physical activity is really about. From as young as 18 months we register our kids in gymnastics looking for signs to turn them competitive. Kids as young as three are playing hockey four times a week. However, the main reason to get your kids moving at a young age isn’t to build the next Olympian or sport’s star. It’s to boost their health, help maintain a healthy body weight and give them a cognitive boost. Studies by the Society for Research in Child Development have found that physically active children outperform their inactive peers in the classroom and on tests of achievement.

Surviving Toddler Power Struggles

November 21st, 2014 | By: Sharon Silver
How to end the arguing and prevent a full-blown tantrum with your toddler.
Surviving Toddler Power Struggles

It can happen anywhere, at anytime–your child wants something and you say "no." Before you know it, the arguing and negotiating have ramped up and you're in the middle of a power struggle. Fortunately, there is a fast way to fix the situation before the real tantrums begin. Here's what you need to know.

Playing Nice

October 2nd, 2014 | By: Elizabeth Pantley
How to cope with your child’s aggressive behavior and deal with hitting, kicking, biting and hair pulling.
Playing Nice

Children resort to aggressive behaviors because of a lack of wisdom and self-control–it is not a sign that they are hateful or mean. Here's how to teach your child to handle his frustration and anger in appropriate ways.

Temper Tantrums By Age – How to Deal

September 15th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
A temper tantrum can mean something different depending on your child’s age. Here’s how to decode the reasons behind the screaming and calm your child down.
Temper Tantrums By Age – How to Deal

Acting out at age one can be very different from the screaming sessions that occur a year later. Here's how to handle temper tantrums at all ages:

Stages of Baby Development

July 15th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Knowing when your child is most ready to learn key skills can help you play an important role in her development.
Stages of Baby Development

While it's fun to track the stages of baby development (see baby development chart at end of this article), you shouldn't obsess if your child is a week or two late in getting to one. "A baby development chart is based on averages and should be used as a general guide," says Pam Schiller, an early childhood consultant. Baby milestones are there to raise awareness about your baby's development. The most important thin in monitoring your baby's development are "windows of opportunity," which are the periods of time when your child is most ready to acquire certain skills.